CIMB Classic 2015 Tips

Kevin Na (ew)Tournament Winner14/1Bet365
John Senden (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Paddy Power
Kevin Kisner (ew)Tournament Winner60/1Stan James


The PGA Tour makes a rare departure from the US this week for the CIMB Classic, a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tour which takes place in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. At 6,951 yards, it’s not necessary to be a big hitter to tackle the par 72 West Course – instead a system of eight lakes mean that no fewer than 11 of the 18 holes play over or alongside water hazards. Ryan Moore, who is outside the top 100 for driving distance but just outside the top 10 for accuracy in each of the last two years, has won back-to-back titles here.


Henrik Stenson is one of the straightest drivers around and he is well fancied to make a big impact this week, with BetfredCoral and William Hill all making him the 7/1 favourite (6/1 or 13/2 elsewhere). Kevin Na, who has started the season in fine form, is next up at 14/1 with Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama a 16/1 chance. Sergio Garcia, who shared second place last year, is at 18s alongside Branden Grace, while defending champion Moore is available at 20/1 with BetVictor and Paddy Power.


Kevin-NaKEVIN NA is not renowned for his straight driving but only a handful of players have played eight rounds and hit more fairways than him so far this season. That greater consistency has helped him to finish in second place at each of the first two events of the year and he can challenge again in Malaysia, where he is something of a course specialist having finished 21st, 10th and second on his three previous appearances.

John SendenJOHN SENDEN was in the top 40 for driving accuracy last season and he enjoyed a successful visit to Kuala Lumpur, finishing in a share of seventh place. A top 20 finish at last week’s Shriners event, which included a second round of 65 and a closing 67, suggests his game is in decent shape and his form has been much improved since June. Paddy Power’s top price of 66/1 holds plenty of each-way appeal (as short as 40/1 elsewhere).

Kevin KisnerKEVIN KISNER was also among the top 40 for straightness off the tee last season and he started this season by driving the ball straight at the Shriners event, where he finished 7 shots off the pace in a share of 25th. He has been in the top 25 at 9 of his last 17 tournaments, a statistic which suggests a good overall level of consistency and although he has yet to win, he was a runner-up three times last season. Stan James are offering a tempting 60/1.

Kevin Na (ew)Tournament Winner14/1Bet365
John Senden (ew)Tournament Winner66/1Paddy Power
Kevin Kisner (ew)Tournament Winner60/1Stan James